Putting the cart before the horse? Driving student engagement through first year career identity development in a large multidisciplinary creative industries cohort

Bridgstock, Ruth S., Thomas, Adrian, Lyons, Kenneth, Carr, Lauren, & Zelenko, Oksana (2012) Putting the cart before the horse? Driving student engagement through first year career identity development in a large multidisciplinary creative industries cohort. In First Year in Higher Education Conference 2012 , 26 - 29 June 2012, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

It is now widely accepted that first year students benefit from pedagogies which mediate and support their transitions to university, and assist them to develop an adaptive student identity. We present an initiative which takes an alternative and additional approach to this way of viewing the first year experience. Based on research into creative industries career trajectories, this initiative focuses on the establishment of nascent career identity and professional self-concept amongst 600 first semester Bachelor of Creative Industries (BCI) students at QUT. The BCI is offered as a three year undergraduate program involving self-selection of majors, minors and electives, and also as a four year double degree with Business and Law faculties. Students engage in a scaffolded process of initial career visioning and reflective course planning, based on their own industry and careers research, guided by industry-active academic and careers staff, and drawing upon the experiences of final year students.

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ID Code: 52633
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: career development, creative industries, first year in higher education, curriculum, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 22 Jul 2012 23:09
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2012 16:11

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